manning park camping

An Authentic Canandian Outdoor Experience

Reconnect with nature when you book your Manning Park camping vacation. Choose from a wide range of options including lakeside campsites, wilderness camping, group camping, and more – there’s so much to explore!

There are five family campsites conveniently situated close to Manning Park Resort in the Similkameen River basin. These campgrounds are popular in the warmer months, and many families have been coming back year after year to enjoy the various outdoor activities that we have on offer. We manage four of the five campgrounds on behalf of BC Parks (Lightning Lake, Mule Deer, Coldspring and Hampton), and Headwaters Horse Corral is run by Manning Park Resort.

Many of the camping sites are also the starting point for scenic backcountry camping in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Backcountry camping fees can be paid at Manning Park Resort or at the Manning Park Visitor Centre.

For larger groups of fifteen people or more, there are three different sites (one of which is open year-round) that are good options groups of RV campers, tenting groups, and youth groups. Bookings should be made with Discover Camping.

All campgrounds are connected to the Manning Park trail network and have all the facilities you need for an unforgettable stay.

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Please Note!

All Manning Park camping reservations MUST be made through Discover Camping. Manning Park Resort and Manning Park Visitor Centre do not facilitate any requests for camping reservations. Please call 1-800-689-9025 or visit Discover Camping to make your camping reservation.

Family Campsites

The breathtakingly beautiful setting of Lightning Lake makes it Manning Park Resort’s premier campground. Set deep in the park overlooking Lightning Lake, it features three shower buildings, shared access to two beaches, and regular naturalist programs at the amphitheatre during peak season.

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rates & info

RATE/NIGHT$35 / Party
AVAILABILITYMay – October
RESERVABLE FROMJune 7 – September 15

rules and reminders

  • All campground opening and closing dates in Manning Park are weather dependent.
  • Firewood can be purchased for $8.00 at the Manning Park Country Store, at the Lightning Lake Gatehouse, and from fee collectors.
  • All sales are cash or travellers cheque only. ATM’s are located in the lobby of Manning Park Lodge and the Pinewoods building.
  • A Manning Park camping party consists of one vehicle and a maximum of 4 adults (16+) and 8 persons, including children (under 15). Oversize parties or additional vehicles will be charged extra.
  • All tents and vehicles must remain on the designated camping site at all times.
  • All pets must remain on a leash at all times anywhere within the Park. Pets are not permitted on beaches or in Park buildings. There are no off-leash areas in Manning Park.
  • Do not remove any material from the forest for any reason. Do not collect dead wood for fires, sticks for hot dogs, flowers, berries, mushrooms, rocks, logs, or anything else from anywhere within Manning Park.
  • Do not leave your fire unattended for any amount of time. Fires must be contained in the fire ring provided. Please follow all posted fire notices, restrictions, or bans that may be in effect.
  • Do not leave food or garbage unattended. Place coolers, pop, canned goods, and any other items back in your vehicle before you go to bed or leave your site for any amount of time.
  • Do not hang litter bags in trees and regularly place garbage in the animal-proof containers. Help all of us practice bear safety!
  • In Provincial Parks and Protected Areas, smoking is only permitted within a designated frontcountry campsite or group campsite, occupied by a registered party or their guests. This restriction applies to the smoking and / or vaping of tobacco, cannabis, or other substances.

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Check-In and Reservations

Lone Duck keys are available for pick up only from Manning Park Lodge front desk. Guests MUST submit a $20 cash refundable deposit for the key. Check-in time is: 1:00pm.

Please note! The Gatehouse never has possession of the keys, and will be unable to access them.